By Tom English
BBC Scotland at Celtic Park
Celtic have a mountain to climb to salvage their Europa League dream after Valencia coasted to victory in Glasgow.
In a below-par performance the Scottish champions no longer continually scared their company in the closing 32 first leg.
Ruben Sobrino beat the offside entice and fed Denis Cheryshev, who had an straightforward attain to present them the lead.
The two then switched roles, Cheryshev’s immoral walk-wonderful for Sobrino to knock in the 2d.
It leaves Celtic with it all to realize in the 2d leg at the Mestalla stadium next week in their tell to realize the closing 16.
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Celtic pay for their blunders
Celtic could well perchance need a good-trying pre-match gentle designate, nonetheless they had been outshone to an enormous stage by the Spaniards. Even with four basic gamers nursing injuries at house, they had draw too powerful for a Celtic crew that suffered a pandemic of misplaced passes, some while below stress nonetheless many while below none in any admire.
Put for a vivid initiating save, when Callum McGregor forced a save from Neto, this became once straightforward for the company who would have long previous forward a whole lot earlier than they did had it no longer been for a fanciful Scott Bain save from a Daniel Wass header.
Any hope that Celtic had of making a tie of it in opposition to the crew mendacity eighth in La Liga became once compromised by their woeful lack of ability to encourage on to the ball. Each closing one of them had been at it.
Impartial correct possession gifted to Valencia. Momentum killed stone dumb. A whole concession of handle watch over to the Spaniards who had Daniel Parejo bossing issues throughout the park.
Valencia would in the end make Celtic pay for their blunders. When Oliver Burke fired a heavy lope to McGregor, the midfielder couldn’t handle it and when the ball broke unfastened, Valencia struck out.
Parejo played it in in the encourage of the Celtic defence to Sobrino. The house crowd – and half the house crew – screamed offside, nonetheless he wasn’t. Emilio Izaguirre played him on. Sobrino ran on, drew Bain and played it appropriate to Cheryshev and the Russian tapped it in. All too straightforward.
There became once some correct fortune for Celtic at the atomize when Parejo did no longer make it encourage out for the 2d half – the inclined Arsenal man Francis Coquelin replaced him. No longer that it mattered. Within four minutes of the restart, Valencia doubled their lead and again it became once a ruinously straightforward aim from Celtic’s perspective.
Wass played it down the left to Cheryshev who save in a delectable immoral which became once save away with ease by Sobrino. The reality that the striker became once on my own in Celtic’s six-yard box at the time knowledgeable you powerful about the dozy defending that became once going on encourage there.
It might maybe maybe have been three correct two minutes later when Cristiano Piccini, a Celtic target closing summer season, decrease in from the actual and forced a save from Bain.
Two desires in the encourage of at house, Celtic had been now in the actual peril that Barcelona stumbled on themselves at Camp Nou when Valencia went there earlier in the month. Barca banked on Lionel Messi to dig them out of a hole, which he did with two desires.
Brendan Rodgers grew to turn into to Odsonne Edouard and Timothy Weah who came on for Ryan Christie and Scott Sinclair. No Messiesque act of escapology ensued. Celtic bought more of the ball, nonetheless Valencia never looked in any peril, never bought unduly bothered by what Celtic threw at them. Neto in the Valencia aim became once lazy throughout Celtic’s huff and puff.
‘Celtic need footballing miracle’
The Spaniards managed the sport to the stop of their routine night in Glasgow.
With Celtic’s away file it’s good to well perchance affirm Valencia did no longer correct take a match, nonetheless a tie.
It might maybe perchance well perchance take the most eminent away performance from Rodgers’ crew next week to make a strive in opposition to of it, the model of away performance that is beforehand unseen from them.
After this non-match they need some form of footballing miracle in Spain.